|The Bloody Fists (1972)|
|Director:||Ng See Yuen|
|Writers:||Ng See Yuen|
|Starring:||Chen Kuan Tai, Chen Sing and Liu Ta Chuan|
|The Plot: The Japanese want a special flower called dragon herb, and they will stop at nothing to obtain this mystical herb. The dragon herb is the only ingredient capable of curing a deadly plague that is sweeping the countryside, and the Japanese are looking to procure all of it. With this herb, they will be able to hold it as a valuable bargaining chip in order to get their men out of custody from the local Chinese government. Local lackey Chen Zahn has been in seclusion recently, and when he returns he brings with him a entire school of Japanese fighters. Now it seems that these Japanese fighters, who have combined Karate and Judo, will now look to take this special herb and install several gyms in the area in order to prove the inferiority of Chinese kung fu. When they hold a small tournament, they run into a local fighter who manages to make the group look quite poor. Things get progressively worse for the Japanese fighters when they run across a fugitive loner (Chen Sing), who quickly dispatches a few of their fighters. However, the Japanese are still quite powerful, and craftier when it comes to leveraging the odds to their advantage. Will the Chinese figure a way to fight back against this group of murderous foreign fighters? Or will the Japanese take all of the dragon herb and dominate China?|
Tensions between the Chinese and Japanese have been stressed for generations. Even before the horrors and atrocities committed during World War II, these two nations have had a bit of antagonism built up for one another. However, with the advent of film and the horrors of the second World War still fresh in the mind of many viewers, action cinema of the sixties and seventies were rife with anti-Japanese sentiment. Even today, a certain amount of resentment is felt for the Japanese, and if you ever expect to see Karate, Judo or Jiu-jitsu celebrated in a Hong Kong martial arts film… you’ll have to look around heavily. The Japanese, who have to be used to it by this point, are once again portrayed as wholehearted villains who only want to enslave the Chinese citizenry. However, The Bloody Fists at least looks to show this with a little bit of over-the-top sensationalism which makes it all rather odd and entertaining. The Japanese fighters presented in the film all feature highly unusual and nearly comic-book style fashions. Wearing capes and the most macho version of the “Gi” that I have ever seen, this isn’t the common stereotypical look for the nation. It is a very new and different sort of stereotype altogether. The leader of the Japanese clan, played by legendary Chen Kuan Tai in one of his earlier appearances, looks as if he were ripped directly from the panels of a comic book. With a mask over his mouth as if he were trying to avoid SARS, he comes across as both unrecognizable and fiercely intimidating.